Archive for December, 2013

Audition Notice: KISS ME KATE at Plaza Theatre Company

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Kiss Me, Kate

January 6th and January 7th, 2014

Directed by G. Aaron Siler and stage management by Lindsay Hardisty.

All roles are available for Plaza Theatre Company’s upcoming production of KISS ME, KATE. An open audition is being held at Plaza Theatre Company to cast the show on January 6-7, 2014. Auditions are by appointment only.

CLICK HERE TO MAKE AN AUDITION APPOINTMENT

AUDITION PREPARATION:

Those auditioning are asked to come prepared to sing 32 bars of a traditional Broadway Musical showing off your vocal range. An accompanist will be provided. Additionally, auditioners may be asked to read cold from the script during the initial audition and all auditioners will be taught a short movement combination – please come prepared to move. The director will spend around 5 to 10 minutes with each individual auditioner at this initial audition.

A head shot and resume are requested.

A call back audition will be held on Saturday January 11th at 9am. Those auditioners who the Director wish to see further will be invited to the call back audition which may last up to 4 hours time. PLEASE REFER TO THE PLAZA AUDITION GUIDELINES AS WELL AS THE PLAZA AUDITION CREDO WHEN PREPARING YOUR AUDITION. The guidelines and Credo can be found here.

PRODUCTION INFORMATION:

The production will play on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Saturday afternoons opening on Mar. 14th and playing through April 12th. Rehearsals usually take place Monday thru Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings till opening. No Sunday rehearsals or performances.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

An ex-husband and wife team are reunited to star in a brand new musical, but off-stage the production is rife with ex-lovers’ quarrels and gangsters looking for kickbacks. Merriment abounds in this most classic of Broadway musicals.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:

(All roles are available):

Lilli Vanessi/Katharine*: Female aged 30-40. Strong Soprano Belt. A Film star and Fred Graham’s ex-wife. Has mixed feelings about working with her ex again, and their fiery chemistry off and on stage nearly derails the show. Plays “Katharine” in the “The Taming of the Shrew”.

Fred Graham/Petruchio*: Male aged 30-50. Strong Baritone. The director, producer and star of the new musical version of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Strong willed, arrogant, but has the talent to back it up. Formerly married to his costar, Lilli Vanessi. Opening night also happens to be the one year anniversary of their divorce. Commanding actor and singer.

Lois Lane/Bianca*: Female aged 20-30. Low Alto. A Night club singer and dancer, this is her first break as a real actress. With lots of charisma and charm Lois is quite the flirt, but devoted, in her fashion, to her man Bill. She’s not as dumb as she looks. Plays “Bianca” in “The Taming of the Shrew”. Needs to move well.

Bill Calhoun/Lucentio*: Male 20-35. Lyric Baritone. Broadway hoofer, “The Taming of the Shrew” is his first break as an actor, and it’s being put at serious risk by his gambling problem. Devoted to his girl, Lois. Strong dancer and singer.

First Man (Gangster)*: Male, Any age. Comic baritone or tenor. The archetypical gangster complete with accent. Needs to move well. Has a surprising appreciation for Shakespeare and ends up playing a clown in “The Taming of the Shrew”

Second Man (Gangster)*: Male, Any age. Comic baritone or tenor. Same as First Man, but a bit more reserved and dryer of wit.

Paul*: Male aged 20-40. Baritone. Fred’s dresser.  strong dancer. Leader of “Too Darn Hot” showstopper.

Hattie*: Female aged 20-30. Mezzo-Sop Belt. She is Lilli’s dresser and sings “Another Op’nin’, Another Show” and sings in “Too Darn Hot”. Good voice and charisma.

Riley/Hortensio and Flynt/Gremio*: Actors who appear in The Shrew and in “Too Darn Hot” The appear in several numbers and should move and sing well.

General Harrison Howell*: Male aged 35-50. Sings. Lilli’s new fiancé. A rising politician and gentleman from Georgia. He’s handsome in a stuffy way. The embodiment of Petruchio in real life.

Harry Trevor/Baptista: Male aged 50+. Any vocal range. Veteran character actor, plays Katherine and Bianca’s father, “Baptista” in the musical version of “The Taming of the Shrew.

Pops (Stage Doorman)/Padua Priest: Male. Soloist for Opening, Bianca, Cantiamo D’Amore.

Ralph: Male, any age. Any vocal range. The stage manager. Yells most of his lines. May be played by a female as well.

Dance Captain/Gregory: servant to Petruchio, ensemble dancer.

Ensemble and Featured Dancers: Men and women of various ages and vocal ranges to play all other parts including doorman, stagehands, servants and other parts in “The Taming of the Shrew”. Some of these roles will be featured dance roles.

* There are eleven principal singing roles.

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CASH ON DELIVERY To Open PlazaCo’s 8th Season Of Year-Round Productions In Cleburne

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Plaza Theatre Company – PRESS RELEASE

Plaza Theatre Company to open the 2014 Season with the uproarious comic farce CASH ON DELIVERY

December 12, 2013

Plaza Theatre Company is proud to announce the opening of CASH ON DELIVERY on December 31st, 2013. The production will play Plaza’s newly renovated theatre at 111 S. Main Street in Cleburne, TX opening on December 31st and playing thru January 25th. The show will be the 71st produced by Plaza Theatre Company since it’s inception in November of 2006.

CASH ON DELIVERY is a fast-paced British farce that tells the story of a con artist who has been duping the Government for years by claiming every type of benefit for fictitious people. When welfare investigators show up, he has to do some very quick thinking to bring these made up people to life. Written by acclaimed comedy writer Michael Cooney, CASH ON DELIVERY is a laugh-out-loud comedy that will perfectly open our 2014 Season.

Further, CASH ON DELIVERY will continue the Plaza tradition of a New Year’s Even opening of the show. On December 31st, CASH ON DELIVERY will be part of the PLAZA BASH Event at PlazaCo. There will be pre-show entertainment from Billy Cate, the Chisholm Trail Cowboy as well as dessert, the show, dancing and a toast at midnight.

The Cast List for CASH ON DELIVERY is:

Eric Swan – JaceSon P. Barrus

Linda Swan – Kristi Mills

Norman McDonald – G. Aaron Siler

Mr. Jenkins – Russ Walker

Uncle George – Jay Cornils

Sally Chessington – Kristi Taylor

Dr. Chapman – Steve Lindsay

Mr. Forbright – Nathan Glenn

Ms. Cowper – Stacey Blanton

Miss Dixon – Stacey Greenawalt

The production is under the direction of JaceSon Barrus with stage management by Stefanie Glenn. CASH ON DELIVERY will open on Tuesday December 31st. The show will then play every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening beginning January 2nd and playing thru January 25th at 7:30pm with Saturday matinees every Saturday afternoon at 3pm. Ticket prices are $15 for Adults, $14 for Seniors and Students and $13 for Children.

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 817-202-0600, by visiting http://www.plaza-theatre.com or visiting the Plaza Box Office between the hours of 10am and 6pm Monday thru Saturday.

Frosty’s Australian Adventure: Opening THIS Saturday!

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Our Children’s Theatre productions are a blast for kids! Lolly-Pups’ Roundup is a fun and interactive way for kids to enjoy live theatre at an affordable cost for you as well. Just $5 a seat and the kids will have a great time with Frosty and all his friends as they celebrate Christmas on vacation in Australia.

There are five available performances for the kids this holiday season:

  • Saturday December 14th at 10am
  • Saturday December 21st at 10am
  • Monday December 23rd at 12:30pm
  • Friday December 27th at 12:30pm
  • Saturday December 28th at 12:30pm

Bring the kids out for a great time with Frosty! They’ll thank you for all the great fun they have. Give us a call at 817-202-0600 to reserve or get your tickets at the door.

PlazaNews: December 2013 at PlazaCo

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IN THIS EDITION OF PLAZA/NEWS:

  • Every Performance of WHITE CHRISTMAS Is A Sell-Out
  • FROSTY’S AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURE Makes A Holiday Visit
  • THE CALEB MIDKIFF BOW-TIE BALL Is An Overwhelming Success
  • Plaza Academy’s CHRISTMAS VARIETY SHOW 2013 Is Wednesday December 11th
  • PLAZA BASH 2013 Promises To Ring In 2014 With A Bang
  • Auditions for THE KING & I have one final available evening to audition – TONIGHT!

As Usual, There’s A Lot Going On At PlazaCo. Read On For More Information About Everything That’s Happening

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WHITE CHRISTMAS Is A Massive Hit – Every Seat For Every Performance Has Been Sold

It’s official, WHITE CHRISTMAS has sold every seat for every performance of its 2013 run at PlazaCo. And why not? It’s a wonderful holiday production chock full of fun for the whole family. Last week we added three additional performances of the show and they Sold Out within 24 hours.

Does this mean it’s impossible to get in to see the show? Well, maybe not. If you’re willing to risk it, you can come to the Will Call booth a half an hour prior to curtain and ask to be placed on the “Standby List”. It’s no guarantee that you’ll get in, but many folks have been able to see the show on standby. Additionally we have held back some seats for Season Ticket holders who have not yet reserved. If you are a Season Ticket holder and haven’t yet reserved, please give us a call at 817-202-0600 to reserve immediately.

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FROSTY’S AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURE Visits The Plaza Stage In December

This Christmas Season our Lolly-Pups’s Roundup Production Team will be presenting a children’s show that the kids will love! Frosty the Snowman has decided to take a vacation to Australia. Will he be able to survive the hot Australian summer sun? Only kids who see FROSTY’S AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURE will find out.

The show plays on Saturday December 14th, 21st and 28th at 12:30pm as well as Monday December 23rd and Friday December 27th at 12:30pm – and all seats are just $5. Bring the kids out for a great time enjoying Frosty and his friends as they visit Australia for Christmas.

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The First Annual CALEB MIDKIFF BOW-TIE BALL Is An Incredible Success

On Friday November 29th, the First Annual CALEB MIDKIFF BOW-TIE BALL was held to benefit the Caleb Midkiff Memorial Scholarship Fund – and a phenomenal time was had by all who attended. The Ball and the Memorial Scholarship are both in memory of Caleb Midkiff, a young man who had a special influence on many throughout his community.

The event was emceed by Clyde Berry who was instrumental in helping surpass the fundraising goal for the evening. Because of the fundraising efforts of those who attended, the funds raised increased by $6,868. We send our thanks to all who attended, all who donated time, food, space, or talents, all who volunteered and helped with the event, and particularly to the Midkiff family for their contribution to this wonderful evening. We will be announcing in the new year plans for the Scholarship and information about who will be eligible as well as how to apply for consideration – so keep your eyes out for that information.

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Plaza Academy’s CHRISTMAS VARIETY SHOW 2013 Heats Up The Holiday Season

With well over 200 students in the Fall Semester at Plaza Academy, the CHRISTMAS VARIETY SHOW promises to be a spectacular exhibition of the many talents the students have been working to enhance during Fall 2013. The event will be held on Wednesday December 11th starting at 7pm at the Burleson High School Auditorium located at 100 Elk Dr. Burleson, TX 76028.

Every student in Plaza Academy’s 2013 Fall Semester will be performing in the CHRISTMAS VARIETY SHOW which is free to invited friends and family.

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PLAZA BASH 2014 at PlazaCo Will Ring In The New Year With A Bang

The annual New Year’s Eve Bash at PlazaCo promises to be the best yet with an evening full of exciting entertainment to bring in 2014 with a bang. Starting at 9pm, party-goers will be entertained by a pre-show performance from renowned local artist Billy Cate, the Chisholm Trail Cowboy. Following Billy’s set, the opening night performance of the hilarious British farce CASH ON DELIVERY will tickle your fancy followed by an evening of gourmet desserts, dancing and a faux champagne toast at the stroke of midnight.

Tickets for the event are $25 to the general public and $15 for 2014 Season Ticket Holders. We hope you’ll join us in starting 2014 out with a bang!

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Tonight Is Your Last Chance To Audition for THE KING & I

Tonight is the final evening of open auditions for THE KING & I. Appointments are still available to audition for this beautiful and moving musical masterpiece. Simply click here to make your appointment and we’ll see you there.

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